The holidays are mostly a happy time of year - lights everywhere, extra vacation days, perhaps an end-of-the-year bonus in sight.
But then there's holiday travel. Sky-high prices, over-worked employees wearing Santa hats, and stale and expensive airport sandwiches.
A few years ago we started traveling with all our own food and we've found that we save a lot of money and better yet arrive feeling energized and healthy. It takes a little bit of prep work ahead of time but other than that there's no reason why you can't take fresh food items with you in your carry-on bag.
Here are a few things you can bring with you on long travel days to arrive feeling ready to take on the day:
Fresh Fruit: A bag of grapes, crisp fresh apples, juicy orange slices... there's nothing more delicious than fresh fruit when you're dehydrated and exhausted while flying. Double-bag these items so they don't leak or use a lightweight tupperware container.
Homemade trail mix: Mix together pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and almonds, with some coconut, dried apricots or dried cherries. Opt for unsalted nuts/seeds and dried fruit with no added sugar to avoid that sleepy feeling that comes from dehydration and sugar crashes.
Sliced vegetables with nut butter or hummus: Pack some carrots and celery with mini packets of nut butter like these or cucumber slices with cherry tomatoes and some hummus sealed in a small to-go container.
A homemade sandwich or wrap: For longer flights we always pack something a little more substantial. I like to keep it simple with items that don't spoil easily. A wrap with hummus, cucumber, tomato, and cheddar. Or a sandwich with crunchy almond butter and sliced bananas. I wrap these in foil and place them with an ice pack in my carry-on bag.
Why sacrifice feeling healthy and great just because you're traveling? Let me know what you decide to pack.
Safe travels, friends!